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Video leads to investigation of excessive force claim in Florida

A dash cam video shows a police officer striking a suspect in the state. A Florida man was struck seven times as he was being arrested when authorities arrived at the scene where a 911 call was made. A recent news story gives more details of the alleged excessive force incident. 

The incident occurred in Pinellas County, and the law enforcement officers on the scene were from the county sheriff's department. The individual was allegedly hiding behind a car when officers arrived on the scene. It was reported that the man had a gun and officers had ordered him on the ground. 

Multiple people arrested on drug-related offenses in Florida bust

In order to create a meaningful criminal defense, individuals often find information relating to their predicaments useful. The type of knowledge needed can depend heavily on the details of the allegations and of the event that allegedly took place. For parties charged with drug\-related offenses, the type of substances involved and various other information may play important roles in the possible consequences, as well as how the accused parties may need to approach their defenses.

Multiple individuals in Florida may be hoping to take the best approaches possible to their cases after recent charges were brought against them. Reports stated that a county sheriff's office conducted a search of a hotel after serving a warrant for the premises. Investigators allegedly found heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription pills in one room. They also purportedly found a handgun.

What are Miranda rights, and when do they kick in?

Question: My son often runs afoul of the law. He’s a good kid, but is having a hard time lately. The cops will come knocking at my door, looking for him. I try to be polite, but they can be pretty persistent and I am wondering a couple of things: Do I have to talk to them, and does he? I’ve heard you shouldn’t talk to an officer without a lawyer present, but can you tell me more about what that means?

Answer: The U.S. Constitution provides comprehensive protections for all of us. The two things you are referring to—whether you must speak with law enforcement and whether an attorney should be present—are covered under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. Let’s take a look at each.

Florida teen accused of juvenile crimes after alleged robbery

When individuals are at a young age, they are expected to make mistakes. Unfortunately, some young people may make more significant mistakes than others and find themselves facing criminal charges. Though some parties may think that facing charges as a minor is not a big deal, accusations and convictions for juvenile crimes can still have lasting impacts.

It was recently reported that a 17-year-old boy was taken into custody in Florida after alleged involvement in a robbery. Reports stated that the teen went into a convenience store around midnight, held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded money. The teenager then shot a video monitor, which reportedly connected to the store's surveillance system. He then allegedly took the clerk's phone and the store phone before leaving.

Aggravated assault charge leveled against Florida woman

Individuals can sometimes have unexpected reactions to certain situations. When a person is faced with a difficult predicament, he or she may act out of pure emotion rather than thinking through the logical options. Unfortunately, when an individual acts impulsively, police may become involved, and charges for assault or other allegations could fall upon that person.

One woman in Florida is currently facing criminal charges after an alleged event. Reports stated that the woman purportedly had an affair with her daughter's 33-year-old husband, and the man informed his wife about the situation. As a result, the 58-year-old woman apparently became distraught after learning that her daughter knew about the affair as it ruined her relationship with her daughter.

What is a grand jury? Why is it important to my case?

Most people familiar with the criminal justice system understand the role of an arraignment, especially if they have been arrested and are being held in custody pending their first appearance. But before an arraignment (or an arrest for that matter), chances are that charges are brought against the accused through a grand jury indictment, especially if the accused has not been arrested. This is a formal notice that the state is bringing criminal charges against a defendant and it is a call for the accused to appear and answer to them.

This naturally begs the question: What is a grand jury?

Defense info may help Florida man with DUI charge

It is a simple fact of life that everyone makes mistakes at some point. For some, those mistakes may have little consequence, and for others, the error of their ways could result in a serious legal situation. When a person is charged with DUI, he or she may want to avoid the mistake of approaching the case unprepared.

One man in Florida will likely be looking into his defense options after recently being charged. Reports stated that the man was allegedly driving a vehicle when he struck a parked car. After hitting that vehicle, the man then reportedly collided with the back of a police department vehicle. Three officers were near the vehicle at the time. The incident resulted in those three officers suffering minor injuries as a result.

Defense info may help 3 charged in Florida drug-related offenses

Though "drug charges" is a term that many people have heard, it is also a blanket phrase that could cover a variety of allegations. When parties are accused of drug\-related offenses, the circumstances under which the charges come about could be drastically different from case to case. Because of these differences, each individual facing criminal allegations may want to determine what legal avenues they may find most fitting for their particular situations.

Three individuals in Florida may each be looking into defense options after recently being charged. Reports stated that the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team were operating on a search warrant in order to locate one person. While purportedly investigating a room at a hotel, the UDEST agents allegedly smelled a chemical odor. There were apparently three individuals inside the room at the time.

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